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Oral Segmentation Accuracy, Word Race

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Activity Type: Build Accuracy
Activity Form: Game
Grade: K, 1
Group Size: Whole Class
Length: 15 minutes
Materials: Picture cards
Goal: Given a word, the student can segment it into separate phonemes ("mat" -> /m/ + /a/ + /t/).
Items: 1 syllable words

What to do

  1. Before introducing the game, print and cut 10-15 picture cards. Use pictures that have 2, 3, and 4 phonemes each.
  2. Divide students into two teams. It would be best to divide them according to how they sit, so team members are all sitting together. Allow teams to think of names for themselves, and draw a score chart on the board.
  3. Today we are going to have a word race. I am going to call up one person from each team. Then I am going to show them a picture. The first player to yell out how many sounds are in the picture gets a point for their team.
  4. Remember, you may NOT yell out the answer if it is not your turn. If you do that, you will lose a point for your team.
  5. Let’s practice. Does anybody want to come show us how to play? Call on two volunteers. Show them a picture of a clock. Allow a student to yell out a number. Good. Suzy says “clock” has four sounds. Suzy, tell me the sounds in “clock.” Make corrections if necessary.
  6. Make sure to always have students give you the sound phonemes before awarding the point.
  7. Observe students play the game. For students who struggle, give them help and make a note in an Activity Log.

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